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Old 12-06-2016, 09:47 AM   #4261
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Hello! I'm planning to go during late November, got snow anot?? Haha is it very hard to travel around/communicate there? Haven't been to Japan before T.T
unlikely to have snow in November unless u are up high mountains. even hokkaido also may not have started snowing.
however, late nov is the time to see autumn leaves in places like tokyo, osaka, kyoto.

travelling around in big cities is easy coz there are english signs in train stations. most ppl in cities know a bit of english. they may not be comfortable to converse in english with u, but at least shld be able to understand a few key words. so not much of a problem there.
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Old 12-06-2016, 09:52 AM   #4262
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Hi, will be bringing kids.

Been to japan last year for 7 days to Osaka and Tokyo. Tokyo was big and didn't manage to visit all of Tokyo.

This time, hope to visit Japan for 12 days in December. Hope to spend 3-4 days in Tokyo as need to go disneyland.

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1) Is the next most logic city to visit Kyoto and Hokkaido?
2) If Tokyo, Kyoto and Hokkaido, which city to go first and which city to go last?
1) no. both kyoto and hokkaido are far from tokyo. travelling to tokyo, kyoto and hokkaido is going to be a challenge since u only have 12 days. either do tokyo with kyoto, or tokyo with hokkaido. or u can just do tokyo with side trips to nearby places such as mt fuj, hakone, nikko, kamakura.

2) if u really must go these 3 places, u can consider getting open-jaw tickets, fly into tokyo, domestic flight to hokkaido, domestic flight from hokkaido to osaka (for kyoto), and depart from osaka
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Old 12-06-2016, 03:41 PM   #4263
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1) no. both kyoto and hokkaido are far from tokyo. travelling to tokyo, kyoto and hokkaido is going to be a challenge since u only have 12 days. either do tokyo with kyoto, or tokyo with hokkaido. or u can just do tokyo with side trips to nearby places such as mt fuj, hakone, nikko, kamakura.

2) if u really must go these 3 places, u can consider getting open-jaw tickets, fly into tokyo, domestic flight to hokkaido, domestic flight from hokkaido to osaka (for kyoto), and depart from osaka
Thanks. Will be going tokyo and Hokkaido then. Since Kyoto seems to have lot of temple which the children do not know how to appreciate
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Where in Osaka can I find "A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar"?
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I just came from Japan with my passport half-stapled with receipts from the shops in Japan... Can I remove these receipts? They are making my passport thick and inconvenient...
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Old 13-06-2016, 01:25 AM   #4266
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got bullet train from tokyo to Hokkaido and how much is it and how long is it?

I google and there seems to be sea in between tokyo and hokkaido

I tried to google and it confusing.
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I just came from Japan with my passport half-stapled with receipts from the shops in Japan... Can I remove these receipts? They are making my passport thick and inconvenient...
You were supposed to turn those in at the airport when you left Japan.
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I just came from Japan with my passport half-stapled with receipts from the shops in Japan... Can I remove these receipts? They are making my passport thick and inconvenient...
If you didnt remove it, just ask the customs officer next time to remove it when u leave Japan again.
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Old 13-06-2016, 09:48 AM   #4269
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I just came from Japan with my passport half-stapled with receipts from the shops in Japan... Can I remove these receipts? They are making my passport thick and inconvenient...
Now that you are home, you can remove them. The immigration officer at Narita remarked that I did a lot of shopping in Japan, but did not collect the receipts. The customs desk was also not manned, so now that I am home, I removed the receipts from my passport.
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I just came from Japan with my passport half-stapled with receipts from the shops in Japan... Can I remove these receipts? They are making my passport thick and inconvenient...
At KIX before the custom got a small box for you to remove and deposit those receipts.

Better to do so or else got evidence for singapore custom for GST collection.
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got bullet train from tokyo to Hokkaido and how much is it and how long is it?

I google and there seems to be sea in between tokyo and hokkaido

I tried to google and it confusing.

u can use hyperdia to check train schedules in japan:
http://www.hyperdia.com/en/cgi/en/se...d&sum_target=7

tokyo to sapporo takes about 9hrs and cost 26620yen (abt $350) one way. however, there are rail passes that can cover the trip, such as the 7-day JR pass, or the JR East South Hokkaido pass.

but it will be cheaper to take domestic flight to hokkaido if u dun intend to visit places in between.
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Old 13-06-2016, 10:01 AM   #4272
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got bullet train from tokyo to Hokkaido and how much is it and how long is it?

I google and there seems to be sea in between tokyo and hokkaido

I tried to google and it confusing.
The tunnel between Hokkaido and Honshu (island with Tokyo) just opened and bullet train service is now available between Tokyo and southern Hokkaido. Since the bullet train does not go all the way to northern Hokkaido and Sapporo at this time, a change of train is necessary at Shin-Hakokdate-Hokuto.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hokkaido_Shinkansen

Schedule
http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/.../ttable/08.pdf

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thanks for the replies. Seem like it really far, expensive, time consuming to go to Hokkaido. Is it worth to go there?
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Old 13-06-2016, 03:58 PM   #4274
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thanks for the replies. Seem like it really far, expensive, time consuming to go to Hokkaido. Is it worth to go there?
No ... why would anyone travel all the way just there just for the freshest seafood, stunning scenery, powder snow, vast open space, crisp clean air, onsen, best pastries, cheaper than many other parts of Japan ?
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thanks for the replies. Seem like it really far, expensive, time consuming to go to Hokkaido. Is it worth to go there?
Take budget airline, very cheap only.
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